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Abominable Opens in First Place and Judy Has Strong Debut


DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s Abominable climbed to No. 1 at the worldwide box office this weekend with an estimated global launch of $31 million. Distributed by Universal Pictures, the film brought in $20.9 million from 4,242 domestic theaters, an average of $4,915 per location. Internationally, the $75 million animated movie has earned $10.2 million.

Abominable received an A CinemaScore from audiences, which should mean a healthy road ahead. Written and directed by Jill Culton, Abominable is voiced by Chloe Bennet, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Albert Tsai, Eddie Izzard, Sarah Paulson, Tsai Chin, and Michelle Wong. In the film, a trio of friends embark on an epic quest to reunite a young Yeti with his family at the highest point on Earth.

In its second weekend, Downton Abbey (Focus Features) added $14.5 million in second place to take its North American total to $58.5 million. The film earned another $10 million overseas and is up to $48.6 million (with $23.4 million coming from the UK and Ireland), for a worldwide total of $107.1 million.

A continuation of the TV series and directed by Michael Engler, Downton Abbey stars Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Kevin Doyle, Joanne Froggatt, Matthew Goode, Harry Hadden-Paton, Robert James-Collier, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, Penelope Wilton, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, Geraldine James, Simon Jones, David Haig, Tuppence Middleton, Kate Phillips, and Stephen Campbell Moore.

STXfilms’ Hustlers climbed two spots to third with $11.5 million, bringing its three-week total to $80.6 million domestically. Overseas, the film took in $3 million this weekend for an international total of $14.8 million and global sum of $95.4 million. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, Hustlers stars Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Mercedes Ruehl, Cardi B, Lizzo, Mette Towley, Madeline Brewer, and Trace Lysette. It was made for $20 million.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ IT Chapter Two remained in fourth place with $10.4 million to take its four-week total to $193.9 million. The sequel grossed $11 million overseas from 78 markets this weekend and has made $223.5 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $417.4 million. Directed by Andy Muschietti and based on the novel by Stephen King, IT Chapter Two stars James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise.

20th Century Fox sci-fi drama Ad Astra rounded out the top five with $10.1 million, which takes its two-week total to $35.5 million domestically. Starring Brad Pitt, the film brought in $18 million internationally this weekend and has grossed $53.5 million, for a worldwide total of $89 million. Directed by James Gray, the movie also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, and Donald Sutherland. It received a B- CinemaScore.

Sixth place belonged to Lionsgate’s Rambo: Last Blood, which earned $8.6 million this weekend and has grossed $33.2 million in North America. Featuring the return of Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, the movie cost about $50 million. Directed by Adrian Grunberg, Rambo: Last Blood co-stars Paz Vega, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Adrianna Barraza, Yvette Monreal, Genie Kim aka Yenah Han, Joaquin Cosio, and Oscar Jaenada.

Roadside Attractions and LD Entertainment’s Judy was also released in 461 theaters and managed to take seventh place with $3.1 million, an average of $6,706 per location. Starring Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland, the film was directed by Rupert Goold and also stars Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell, and Michael Gambon.

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Mirko Parlevliet
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded to cover movie, TV, video game, music, and theme park news.


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